Reward offered for burglary information

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The owners of the Raindrop Water building are offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in three burglaries the business suffered in the past two years.

The reward would be in addition to the $1,000 reward offered in the Crime Stoppers program.

"We would sure like to catch these guys," said Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing.

The business, at the corner of Jacob's Circle and Downhill Drive, most recently was targeted Thursday night, when thousands of dollars of damage was done to the building and $50 in quarters were stolen, according to a police report.

The building also was burglarized Jan. 22, 2003, when master locks were cut and doors were broken to get to the business's quarter machine. In that break-in, $700 in quarters was taken from the machine.

The first break-in happened April 8, 2002, when the west window of the building was pried open and $1,000 in quarters sitting in orange juice containers was taken.

In the most recent incident, Steamboat Springs police Officer Nate Morton said a vehicle slammed into the front of the building, knocking in the front wall and causing $2,500 to $3,000 in damage. The impact of the vehicle caused quarters from a coin dispenser on the other side of the wall to spill everywhere, Morton said.

The police do not have any suspects on the burglaries, but Fiebing asked residents to look for vehicles that have suspicious damage in the front. He also asked that anyone call if they hear something suspicious.

The owners believed the culprit could be someone who gets water at the business, because the crimes occurred about the time when the coin machines were full, Morton said. However, the owners had emptied the coin machine just before the most recent incident.

The police are helping the owners with crime prevention measures, Fiebing said.

People with information are asked to call the anonymous Crime Stoppers hot line at 870-NAB'M.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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